WSR 02-08-054

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed April 1, 2002, 3:15 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-450-0135 Allocating income of an ineligible spouse to a GA-U client, the Division of Assistance and Employment Programs is amending this WAC to simplify how we allocate income from an ineligible spouse to a general assistance client.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current version of the rule is confusing and often results in a misapplication of the policy. The amendment of this rule will simplify the policy and increase payment accuracy.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) welcomes the public to take part in developing the rule(s). Anyone interested in participation should contact the staff person indicated below. After the rule(s) is drafted, DSHS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Veronica Barnes, Program Manager, Division of Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, (360) 413-3071, fax (360) 413-3493, TTY (360) 413-3001.

March 28, 2002

Margaret J. Partlow

for Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office